George III's madness fuelled by arsenic

日期:2019-03-02 01:20:08 作者:贺董 阅读:

ARSENIC poisoning may have contributed to the madness of Britain’s King George III. George III suffered five major bouts of mental derangement during which he was bound in a straitjacket and chained to a chair to control his ravings. Scientists agree that his behaviour was caused by porphyria, a genetic defect that leads to faulty protein synthesis in the body and accounts for the king’s physical and psychiatric symptoms. But despite years of speculation, nobody could explain conclusively why his attacks were so severe and lasted for so long,